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An American Family History

The Cobb Family of Washington County, Tennessee

 
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Rocky Mount
Piney Flats, Tennessee
Originally built by William Cobb.
Served as the territorial capital from 1790 to 1792. 
The present house was buiilt in the late 1820s.
 

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

Benjamin Cobb was born about 1702 in Isle Of Wight County, Virginia. He resided in in Bertie County, North Carolina and in Craven County, Sourth Carolina. He sold in 1768.

His children probably included:

William Cobb, Sr. (1723, married Barsheba Whitehead),
Pharoah Cobb (1730),
Mary Cobb Massengill (1735, married Henry Massengill), and
John Cobb about (1742).

In August, 1778 Benjamin Cobb was selected for the Grand Jury in what would become Washington County, Tennessee.

Benjamin died on September 20, 1793 in Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee.

 

 

 
 
 
 

William Cobb was born in 1732 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and died in 1803 in Knox County, Tennessee. He was a son of Benjamin Cobb.

He married his cousin, Barsheba Whitehead.

William and Barsheba's children included:
William Cobb, Jr. (1754, married Martha Boone),
Pharoah Cobb (born 1752),
Penelope Cobb (born 1761, married Henry Massengill), and
Tabitha Cobb (1768, married Soloman Massengill).

He built a nine room, two story "comodious" log house which he called Rocky Mount, because of the many outcroppings of beautiful linestone rocks. In 1776/1777, when a stage road was built from Abingdon, Virginia, to Jonesborough, North Carolina (now Tennessee), it ran in front of Rocky Mount, which became a stop on the route. One of their frequent guests was Andrew Jackson, who was a relative of Barsheba's. The house was used by Governor Blount in 1790 as the capitol of the territory south of the Ohio River.

William Deery, said

Mr. Cobb was a wealthy farmer, and emigrant from N.C., no stranger to comfort and taste nor unaccustomed to what, for the day, was style. Like Old Virginia and Carolina gentlemen, he entertained elegantly with profusion rather than plenty. Like them, his house was plain, convenient, with pretensions or show.

He was one of the twenty-seven original magistrates appointed for Washington County. He was a member of the first Washington County Court where the court appointed him as a tax assessor.

In 1780 he was one of the Judges and Viewers of Currency of the Realm.

The King's Mountain soldiers met at William Cobb's home.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
     
 

William B. Cobb Jr. was born in 1746 in Albermarle Precinct, North Carolina

He was married to Martha Boone (daughter of Nicholas Boone and Mary
Foster) in 1766.

William and Martha's children may have included:

Joseph Cobb,
Etheldred 'Dred' Cobb (about 1770),
Frederick Cobb (about 1775).
Eliza Cobb,
Fannie Cobb.

William B. died in 1796 in Wolf Hills, Abingdon, Virginia.

 
     
 
 

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Pharoah Cobb was born in September, 1752, in Northampton, County, North Carolina. His father was William Cobb.

He married Barsheba Whitehead.

Pharoah and Barsheba's children included:
Catherine Cobb (1776, d married Julius Connor),
Richard Caswell Cobb (1778, married Rebecca Buckingham),
Arthur Cobb (1780, married Ailsie Massengale),
William Cobb (1783, married Isabella Cooper), and
Barsheba Cobb (1797, married Absolom Kyle).

He enlisted in a company of volunteers and served four months under Captain Jacob Womack against the Cherokee. In 1777 he served three months as a mounted ranger or spy in Captain Thomas Price's company. He served two months under Colonel Isaac Shelby and volunteered again for two tours in the summer of 1780. He volunteered again and served under Colonel Isaac Shelby and was in the battle of Musgrove's Mill.

In 1778, Arthur Cobb was a grand juryman in Washington County and

Ord that Wm. Been, Jr., Jarrett Gitzgerald, Pharoah Cobb assess all below Iron Mountain as far as the Big Limestone, extending as far North as Browns line, and make returns to William Cobb.

Philip Mulcky vs. Pharoah Cobb. Cavit Disd. by order of pltff.

He died in Hawkins County in 1841.

 

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North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

 

P. Cobb v. William Cobbs heirs
Hawkins Land Incomplete case file. Paroah Cobb of Hawkins county purchased 400 acres of land from his brother William Cobbin what is now Anderson county in 1800. Paroah agreed to pay William 20 shillings of Virginia currency per acre for said land but did not obtain from William in his life time either a conveyance for land or land for a conveyance. During his life time William obtained $787.93 as part of the consideration for the land and since the death of William he has paid to the heirs of William Cobb.
 
 
 
 

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Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee was founded in 1779. In 1784, it became the capital of the State of Franklin.

From: Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution, Compiled From Pension Statements by Zella Armstrong

Pharoah Cobb applied for revolutionary pension while living in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1833. He was born in September, 1752, in Northampton, County, North Carolina. He moved to the Watauga River settlement which later became Washington County, Tennessee. He enlisted in a company of volunteers and served four months under Captain Jacob Womack against the Cherokee Indians. In 1777 he served three months as a mounted ranger or spy in Captain Thomas Price's company. He served two months under Colonel Isaac Shelby and volunteered again for two tours in the summer of 1780. He volunteered again and served under Colonel Isaac Shelby and was in the battle of Musgrove's Mill.

He died in Hawkins County in 1841. His will made in 1823 was probated in 1841. He was a son of William Cobb.

He married Barsheba Whitehead [same name as his mother, a first cousin] and their children were
Catherine [Cobb], born 1776, died 1824, married Julius Connor:
Richard Caswell [Cobb], born 1778, died 1811, married Rebecca Buckingham;
Arthur [Cobb], born 1780, died 1818, married Ailsie Massengale;
William [Cobb], born 1783, died 1839, married Isabella Cooper;
Barsheba [Cobb], born 1797, died 1856, married Absolom Kyle.

 
 
 
 

from Historical Southern Familes, Volume XII by Mrs. John Bennett Boddie, 1968, pp. 190-19.

Mary Cobb the daughter of Benjamin Cobb, was born in Bertie county, North Carolina; died in Washington county, Tennessee.  Married Henry Massengill in Northampton county, North Carolina. 


 
     
 

Carter Co. Tennessee Deeds
Books A-B (FHL film 847,620; from Alice Duncan 1978)A-88:
29 Dec. 1796,
State of North Carolina #332 for services of Martin Armstrong, soldier of Continental Line, give unto Etheldred Cobb, assignee of said Martin,
40 acres in Washington County on north side of Watauga river,
adjoining Valentine Seviers corner, on George Amerts line. Reg. 24 Aug. 1797.

A-526: 22 Dec. 1801,
Samuel Davidson of Grainger Co. TN to Etheldred Cobb of Carter Co.,
$30,
40 acres, north side of Watauga river
joining Valentine Seviers & Geo. Emmerts.
Wit. Solomon Maxwell, Nathan Hendrix.
Reg. 10 Jan. 1806.

A-527 (listed as 529 in index):
16 July 1804, Etheldred Cobb to Nathan Hendrix,
$40, 40 acres, same land as A-526.
Wit. Thos. Maxwell, Solomon Maxwell.
Reg. 10 Jan. 1806.

B-254: 13 Nov. 1809,
Etheldred Cobb to John W. Fleming, both of Carter Co.,
$30,
50 acres, on waters of lick creek,
corner of Joseph Garland, Sr.
Wit. Nathan Hendrix, John Lyon.
Reg. 13 June 1810.

 

 

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